Category Archive: Research Spotlight

Delve into a particular journal article, presentation, or research program dealing with invasive species.

Sep 28

A future that is hard to predict: Complex forces can drive evolutionary change in invasive lionfish


This contribution if from Ellie Bors, a PhD student in the Joint Program in Oceanography between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research topics include rapid range expansion on populations at the genomic level, climate-driven distributional shifts, invasive species, and deep-sea biology. You can learn more about her work …

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Jun 24

Managing invasive plants in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

forest of invasives

This post was contributed by Emily Zefferman, Research Associate in Urban Ecological Restoration at the University of Tennessee, and a 2014 PhD graduate from the University of California Davis Graduate Group in Ecology. Urban forests and greenways are increasingly-valued oases in cities across the United States and globally. These areas offer recreational opportunities to city …

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Jun 01

Lessons learned eating insects

Make eating insects awesome, not altruistic. This is the message presented by Ophelia Deroy of the University of London Centre for the Study of the Senses in the latest issue of Nature. Deroy explains that although eating insects has been praised as nutritionally and environmentally beneficial, and despite the fact that historical records show insects …

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May 18

Genetics helps reveal invasion histories

(Text modified from Press Release from NIMBioS) Asian carp. Hemlock woolly adelgid. Destructive pests that raise the hackles of fisherman, farmers, and wildlife managers everywhere they invade. But how do they establish themselves and take over non-native species so effectively and efficiently?  Specifically, what is happening early on in invasions, before we take notice of …

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Mar 17

Environmental DNA (eDNA) MS Position Available in Research Lab of Editor Matt Barnes

The Barnes Lab in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University seeks students interested in conducting fully-funded, master’s-level research on the application of genetic detection tools to the management of aquatic invasive species. Specifically, students will have the opportunity to develop and apply environmental DNA tools to monitor aquatic invasive species, such …

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Sep 15

Try to guess these 11 recommendations for harvesting invasive species

Models of population dynamics can be simple, like this logistic model,  but detailed models tailored to specific species and populations will be more successfull

Harvesting invasive species receives some scientific guidance, and perhaps a place manager’s toolboxes, this month with the publication of Pasko and Goldberg’s “Review of harvest incentives to control invasive species” (pre-pub proof) in the September issue of the scientific journal, Management of Biological Invasions.

Sep 08

Sometimes a net is mightier than a fork!

This post is a guest contribution from Sean Ryan and Meredeth Doellman of The Pieris Project. Read on to see how you can become involved with some exciting citizen science! has had fun developing novel ways to engage the public with invasive species, but what do you do with those invasives that aren’t so …

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Aug 25

Notes from the road: spotlights on leading plant invasive species research

Invasivore Sean Hoban recently attended the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America in Boise, Idaho, which featured a session an afternoon session on some recent studies in plant Invasion Biology. Six researchers presented their latest ecological and genetic findings, from the interactive effects of Amur honeysuckle and white-tailed deer to hybridization among multiple …

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Dec 30

Research spotlight: what triggers invasions?

A recent study utilized a thirty-year dataset to examine the question of how a reduction in the consumption of an invader might trigger an invasion.

Feb 18

Research spotlight: Rare natives hold out against invaders

The past few years have seen some serious discussion among conservation biologists about the biodiversity value of invaded communities.  For example, to what degree do some invasive species integrate into native communities, how extensive and permanent are the damages from invasives, and are native species able to evolve in response?  It is important to resolve …

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